Yemen has a rebel army operating within its borders, its economy is collapsing, and its latest government just resigned. It appears to be a pretty weak building block for a regional anti-terrorism strategy, but the United States has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into Yemen, regardless, and the Saudis have given some $4 billion in aid.
Yemen is Exhibit A for what's hard about making peace in a rough neighborhood — a cobbled-together country split ethnically, regionally and religiously. Its factions get help from different countries with different interests in the outcome, and those countries also happen to hate one another.
Yemen is poor, unstable and unsafe, a training ground for extremist fighters. And it's pulling the United States into a conflict with no clear end.
What’s the next move for the United States and for Yemen?
What has life been like for Yemenis amid growing civil war and government instability?
Where will this crisis leave Al-Qaeda when the dust settles?
We consulted a panel of experts for the Inside Story.